- In the JNU sedition case, Kanhaiya Kumar and many other accused appeared before the Patiala House Court today
- The Delhi Police said in its chargesheet that on February 9, 2016, treasonous sloganeering was raised on the JNU campus under the leadership of Kanhaiya Kumar
- Kumar, Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, and others were included in a 1,200-page charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police Special Cell before the city court
In a 2016 sedition case, a court ordered the Delhi Police to provide copies of the charge sheet to Kanhaiya Kumar, the former president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU), and nine others.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Pankaj Sharma adjourned the case until April 7 to examine records in the case and issued bail to seven of the accused who had not been arrested previously.
JNU sedition case: Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Dr Pankaj Sharma directs Police to supply chargesheet and related documents to Kanhaiya Kumar and other accused in the matter.— ANI (@ANI) March 15, 2021
Aquib, Mujeeb, Umar Gul, Rayees Rasool, Basharat Ali, and Khalid Basheer are among the seven defendants who were not arrested prior to the filing of the charge sheet.
They filed bail applications, and the court granted them bail on a 25,000 personal bond and a 25,000-surety bond.
After the court took cognizance of the charge sheet, Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid (who is already in custody in the Delhi riots case), Anirban Bhattacharya, and seven others were summoned to appear in court.
Kanhaiya Kumar and others were accused of chanting anti-India slogans, including former JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya.
Kashmiri students Aquib Hussain, Muneeb Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain, Umar Gul, Bashir Bhat, Rayeea Rassol, and Basharat are among the other seven accused charged in the case. Some of them were studying at JNU, Aligarh Muslim University, and Jamia Millia Islamia at the time.
Sections 124A (sedition), 471 (using a fabricated document or electronic record as genuine), 143 (punishment for being a member of an unlawful assembly), 147 (punishment for rioting), 323 (punishment for willingly causing harm), 149 (punishment for being a member of an unlawful assembly), and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code have been used to prosecute the accused (IPC).
Following complaints from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Maheish Girri and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a case was lodged on February 11, 2016 at the Vasant Kunj (north) Police Station under sections 124A and 120B of the Indian Penal Code against unidentified persons.